Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first?

Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first?

Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first? What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and why should it be your first port of call when you separate? How do we start to have the difficult conversation about separating or divorcing?  What...
I’ve spent so much money on our home, but I don’t own it!

I’ve spent so much money on our home, but I don’t own it!

Picture the situation – you are in a long-term, committed relationship with your partner. You live together in your partner’s home, and you have come to see it as your own. You have spent considerable amounts of money on renovating the property, and you might even...
My partner and I are splitting up and we have kids- where do I stand?

My partner and I are splitting up and we have kids- where do I stand?

For many separating couples with children, the real worry is the children. Who will they live with? When will they spend time with both parents? Who will make decisions for them? Will I be phased out?  There is no automatic presumption in favour of either parent as...
Common Law Marriage – an Urban Myth?

Common Law Marriage – an Urban Myth?

Research has shown that around half of cohabiting couples believe in the existence of ‘common law marriage’.  For those of you who have not heard this term – it is the old-fashioned concept that couples who live together and are in a stable and committed relationship...